22 MAY 2016

Raid on Guan Eng’s home raises concern

I read with great alarm the raid by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officials on the home of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in George Town today.

Even though the raid was conducted in the presence of Lim and his wife, Betty Chew, and their lawyers, such action raises grave concern over the issue of even-handedness and impartiality in investigations.

Furthermore, the concerted effort and exceptionally swift response by the MACC in respect of Guan Eng’s case stands in sharp contrast to the lack of action taken in respect of the scores of reports against Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak. Was there any raid conducted on Najib’s home? And if not, why would the investigation into the purchase of a bungalow require such drastic action?

It is of utmost importance that the MACC be not only fair and impartial in conducting the investigations but must also be seen to be so.